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Castle of Lezha

Local name: Kalaja e Lezhës

Lezhe Fortress is located on a hill outside the city. These are the ruins of the citadel built from the 6th to the 18th century. On its site you can see the remains of a mosque, barracks, and a Roman arch. The fortress offers a beautiful view of Lezhe and the sea in the distance.

The first fortress in this place was already built by the Illyrians. Remains of the tower remained from it. Successive rulers, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians and finally Turks made changes and modifications to it. That is why you can find here elements from different periods and cultures. In the 15th century, the castle was one of Skanderbeg's bases. From the eighteenth century, it fell into ruin, in which it remains to this day.

It is an irregularly shaped building surrounded by defensive walls. The entrance gate has been partially preserved. In the courtyard you can see the remains of the Illyrian tower and a Roman decorative arch. There are also ruins of a Turkish mosque. Other foundations are primarily former rooms for soldiers and warehouses. A perfect panorama of the whole area opens from the ruins.

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Rruga Varosh 4501 Lezhë, Albania